The following position is currently available in the workgroup “Musculoskeletal Biomechanics” within the Julius Wolff Institute (JWI) under the direction of Prof. Dr. Georg Duda:

Background:
Within this project, we aim to develop methods to characterize the in vivo strains noninvasively in soft tissues, with a specific interest in the knee joint. At the Julius Wolff Institute of the Charité, we have a long-standing history of characterizing the kinematics, laxity, and musculoskeletal loads in the pathological knee. We plan to combine this knowledge with in vivo imaging methods to develop a deeper understanding of how altered mechanical properties in soft tissues influence movement in activities of daily living. For this purpose, patients with an anterior cruciate ligament rupture or patella luxation will be assessed and evaluated using a combined in vivo functiuonal and in silico approach. This project is part of a larger grant funded by the German Research Foundation and we are searching for a PostDoc with the following specifications:
Tasks:
Conducting in vivo mechanical analyses of patellar strains in pathological and healthy subjects using ultrasonography and comparing these to dynamic MRI measurements. Quantification of kinematics and joint loading in patients with particular attention to structural tissue properties and the corresponding functional parameters regarding knee stability and gait adaptations.
Your profile:
  • PhD related to tissue or clinical biomechanics, e.g. in engineering, kinesiology or physiotherapy
  • experience with handling patients in a clinical and/or research setting
  • track record in science, including publications in peer-reviewed journals


Ideally but not necessary capabilities would be

  • experience with ultrasonography, motion capture systems (VICON Nexus), or dynamometry (BIODEX)
  • knowledgable on MR imaging technology
  • experience in programming (MATLAB / R / python)

Salary will be according to the TV-Charité structure (E13 scale) for PostDocs and the position is offered for a duration of 36 months, with an option for extension.
The Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin hires based on the suitability, competence and professional performance of applicants. We actively promote equality of all employees. We therefore welcome applications from women and men, regardless of their cultural and social background, age, religion, belief, disability or sexual orientation. Applicants with a disability will be given preferred consideration if equally qualified.

Please send your complete application within 14 days to georg.duda@charite.de with reference to "PostDoc - Imaging Tissue Straining in vivo"